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See also: thème
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- Rhymes: -iːm (for all senses; incorrectly used in some cases instead of the second pronunciation)
- Rhymes: -iːmi (for the sense dealing with the Byzantine empire only)
From Old French tesme (French: thème), from Latin thema, from Ancient Greek θέμα (théma), from τίθημι (tithemi, “I put, place”), reduplicative from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁- (“to put, place, do”) (whence also English do).
theme (plural themes)
- A subject of a talk or an artistic piece; a topic.
- A recurring idea; a motif.
- (music) The main melody of a piece of music, especially one that is the source of variations.
- (computing, figuratively) The collection of color schemes, sounds, artwork etc., that "skin" an environment towards a particular motif.
- (grammar) The stem of a word
- (linguistics) thematic relation of a noun phrase to a verb
- (linguistics) Theta role in generative grammar and government and binding theory.
- (linguistics) Topic, what is being talked about, as opposed to rheme
- A regional unit of organisation in the Byzantine empire.
subject of a talk or an artistic piece
music: main melody of a piece of music
computing: collection of color schemes, sounds, artwork etc.
linguistics: thematic relation of a noun phrase to a verb
linguistics: theta role in generative grammar and government and binding theory
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